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New Grants Support Leadership Development Work of ACE Fellows Program

October 10, 2012


Three leading higher education corporations are providing new financial support for the ACE Fellows Program, which trains future campus leaders.

Blackboard Inc. continued its support of ACE by renewing a grant to the Fellows Program of its learning management and web conferencing solutions, as well as a new grant of its mobile learning solution, an in-kind gift that has a combined value of more than $730,000. This gives ACE Fellows access to technology that is changing the way faculty teach, students learn and campuses function.

Capstone On-Campus Management, a company focused on providing management and consulting services for student housing owned by non-profits, has provided a corporate gift to the Fellows Program of $15,000 and in-kind expertise for the program.

Hobsons, an education solutions company dedicated to helping educators, administrators, students and families maximize success through every stage of the learning lifecycle, has given the Fellows Program a $25,000 corporate gift for the current year.

The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing emerging campus leaders for responsible positions in college and university administration.

The current 2012-13 class of Fellows is made up of 54 senior faculty and administrators from institutions nationwide.

“Blackboard’s decision to expand its backing and the new support by Capstone and Hobsons, companies working in different sectors, is a testament to the importance the higher education world places on the cutting-edge leadership development and training offered by the Fellows Program,” said Sharon A. McDade, director of the ACE Fellows Program. “ACE Fellows spend an intensive year designed to ensure that they will be ready to take on the real-world challenges facing campus leaders.”

“We are proud to partner with ACE to help prepare the next generation of leaders in higher education through the ACE Fellows Program,” said Lara Oerter, senior vice president and chief of staff at Blackboard. “We hope that by providing a strong technology infrastructure to support the program, it will even better prepare participants worldwide to understand the role technology can play in education and in addressing the challenges faced by campuses and communities.”

“Capstone On-Campus Management is pleased to support the ACE Fellows Program,” said Doug Brown, president of Capstone On-Campus Management. “We have witnessed firsthand the impact this program has nurturing leaders and changing lives. The future of higher education is more secure because of opportunities like the Fellows Program, and we are proud to play a role in its success.”

“Hobsons is proud to be a sponsor of the ACE Fellows Program and to directly engage with the future leaders of higher education,” said Todd Gibby, president of Hobsons Higher Ed. “It is our mission is to maximize student success and institutional effectiveness to create the world changers of tomorrow. This program ensures that up and coming leaders are focused on the real-world issues that make this possible.”

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